1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, ¶ who rely on horses, ¶ who trust in the multitude of their chariots ¶ and in the great strength of their horsemen, ¶ but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, ¶ or seek help from the LORD.
2 Yet he too is wise and can bring disaster; he does not take back his words. ¶ He will rise up against that wicked nation, ¶ against those who help evildoers.
3 But the Egyptians are mere mortals and not God; their horses are flesh and not spirit. ¶ When the LORD stretches out his hand, ¶ those who help will stumble, ¶ those who are helped will fall; ¶ all will perish together.
4 This is what the LORD says to me: ¶ "As a lion growls, ¶ a great lion over its prey — ¶ and though a whole band of shepherds ¶ is called together against it, ¶ it is not frightened by their shouts ¶ or disturbed by their clamor — ¶ so the LORD Almighty will come down ¶ to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights.
5 Like birds hovering overhead, the LORD Almighty will shield Jerusalem; ¶ he will shield it and deliver it, ¶ he will 'pass over' it and will rescue it."
6 Return, you Israelites, to the One you have so greatly revolted against.
7 For in that day every one of you will reject the idols of silver and gold your sinful hands have made.
8 "Assyria will fall by no human sword; ¶ a sword, not of mortals, will devour them. ¶ They will flee before the sword ¶ and their young men will be put to forced labor.
9 Their stronghold will fall because of terror; at the sight of the battle standard their commanders will panic," ¶ declares the LORD, ¶ whose fire is in Zion, ¶ whose furnace is in Jerusalem.